BLACKSBURG, Va. – After a pair of meetings between freshman cornerback Donaldven Manning and Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer, the school announced Wednesday that Manning is still a member of the football team, but will not make the trip to Boston College this weekend.
“I expect Donaldven to learn from this and to have success at Virginia Tech,” Beamer said in the statement.
Manning did not practice with the team Tuesday he met with Beamer on Tuesday and again on Wednesday afternoon to determine his status. He was expected back at practice Wednesday.
He is not suspended but is not on the travel roster for Saturday’s game at Boston College.
Manning enrolled in the spring and opened the season as the Hokies’ top backup at cornerback. The 5-foot-9, 155-pound Miami native has four tackles and an interception this year, seeing time in seven games.
Manning was arrested in May and charged with possession of marijuana, but that charge was later dropped. At the same time, he was found guilty of misidentifying himself to a police officer, a misdemeanor.
Tuesday after practice, defensive backs coach Torrian Gray said he didn’t have many more details.
“He’s going to talk to Coach [Wednesday] and see where it goes from there,” Gray said. “That’s between him and Coach. I’ll leave it at that for now til I know more myself.”
Gray said Manning’s early enrollment had him ready to contribute sooner than most true freshman, but said Manning’s development dropped off this fall.
“He was more forward in the spring, showed more progress,” Gray said. “He didn’t progress as much as I’d like for him to this fall.”